Non-toxic biodegradable wound dressing that releases drugs in response to inflammation and mimics skin cells. This accelerates the healing process and results in minimal scar formation, allowing wounds to achieve optimal healing.

Despite the existence of sophisticated materials used in preparing...

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most frequent neurodegenerative disease of motor activity, with more than 10 million people worldwide suffering from the disease. One of the major causes of PD is a shortage of dopamine, which is important to motor functioning in the body. Additionally, in PD, a...

Atherosclerosis is a chronic, progressive disease which involves the blockage of the arteries, and is the major form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is often comorbid with obesity, insulin resistance and/or diabetes. This disease is the result of the formation of atherosclerotic plaques which...

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is a particularly aggressive cancer which mostly affects women of colour who are younger than 50 years of age. It is named for the fact that it tests negative for two hormone receptors and an excess of a certain protein; the typical indicators of breast cancer...

The North-West University has developed a universal, remote and digital interpretation system for PCR results that allows for point of care diagnosis. A difficulty in times of pandemic, for example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is that there are large numbers of people requiring testing to identify...

Wits researchers have developed a water treatment plant which removes organic pollutants from municipal bulk water. The process is environmentally friendly, making use of sunlight to purify water, thus saving energy and eliminating the need to use chemicals. Its modular design allows for scaling...

Diagnosis of a disease typically includes testing of patient samples on an appropriate diagnostic platform, and it is necessary to perform proficiency testing of these platforms regularly, so as to assure the accuracy of the results,  Professor Kana and his team at Wits have developed proficiency...

Treating relatively fine bone fractures is challenging, as mechanisms to promote and correct bone growth used in large fractures are not suitable. Wits researchers have developed an injectable compound which is liquid at room temperature and becomes solid at body temperature that meets this need. It...

Wits researchers have developed a compound for the treatment of age-related diseases, such as cancer and cellular ageing. The compound occurs naturally in the body, and reduces the effects of telomerase activity in cells in a manner that prevents ageing of the cells. The compound, a protein fragment...

Wits researchers have developed a kit for diagnosing cancer by detecting telomerase activity in cells using functionalized gold nanoparticles. The Ageing Related Disease Diagnostic (ARDD) telomerase assay will ultimately be easier to use, have a potentially longer shelf-life, and avoid the...